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Improvement in housing conditions across Wales encouraging says CIH Cymru 

Today the Welsh Government published the results of the Welsh Housing Conditions Survey 2017-18 which shows a positive improvement in housing conditions since the previous survey in 2008.


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Tyfu Tai Cymru launches Housing Voices report 

Tyfu Tai Cymru, managed by CIH Cymru, has launched its Housing Voices report which brings together key information from regional forums held across Wales earlier this year.


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CIH and ITN Productions present 'Close to Home: Housing and Communities' 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is working with ITN Productions to create a flagship industry news-style programme ‘Close to Home: Housing and Communities.’


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New president and vice president take the helm at CIH 

A new presidential team has taken the helm at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).


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New figures demonstrate 'profound impact' of lower benefit cap says CIH 

Responding to figures released today from the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of households affected by the benefit cap to August 2018, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "Today’s figures show that the lower benefit cap is having a profound impact on people’s lives.


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Committee report responds positively to CIH Cymru evidence on 'right to rent' 

The 'right to rent' should not be included in the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill according to the Equalities, Community and Local Government Committee.


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CIH comment on Autumn Budget  

In commenting on the Autumn Budget, Terrie Alafat, CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) said


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Welsh Government detailed budget reflects strong support for the work of housing professionals  

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks comments on the Welsh Government’s detailed budget.


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CIH wins the FAB Award for Qualification of the year 2018 

The Chartered Institute of Housing is delighted to have won the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Qualification of the year award 2018, for their Level 3 in Supporting Homeless People.


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Showcasing the very best of the housing sector  

As nominations for the 2019 UK Housing Awards are now open, CIH answers some of your frequently asked questions about preparing submissions.


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CIH Cymru respond to independent review of affordable housing supply in Wales  

CIH Cymru have submitted a comprehensive body of evidence to inform the review of affordable housing supply in Wales.


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Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness 

Even the lowest private rents are now out of reach for people on low incomes – putting thousands at increased risk of homelessness.


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Aileen Evans wins CIH vice presidential election 

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) members have chosen Aileen Evans as the organisation’s next vice president.


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Government has made right decision on funding for short-term supported housing says CIH 

Responding to the government’s announcement that funding for all supported housing will continue to be covered by the welfare system, Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said: "Along with many other housing organisations we have been calling on the government to rethink its plans for funding short-term supported housing so it’s great to see they have made the right decision.


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Latest figures demonstrate 'fundamental unfairness' of benefit cap says CIH 

Responding to figures released today from the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of households affected by the benefit cap to May 2018, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “There has been a huge increase in the number of people affected by the benefit cap since it was lowered in 2016.


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Voting for the next CIH vice president opens 

Voting for the next CIH vice president is officially open. The three candidates shortlisted following the nomination phase have gone forward to a vote of CIH’s membership to decide who will be successful.


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The voice of housing professionals must be at the heart of local authority merger discussions  

Today CIH Cymru’s Tyfu Tai Cymru project launched its second piece of research – ‘Weighing the options’.


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Incredible response as 100 organisations sign up to domestic abuse pledge 

Our pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been signed by more than 100 organisations in its first two weeks.


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New approach to delivering health and social care services a significant step forward 

Today the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething AM has announced plans to change the way health and social care services are delivered in the future, bringing more services closer to home.


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More than 50 organisations sign up to domestic abuse pledge in three days 

More than 50 housing organisations signed up to CIH's Make a Stand pledge in the first three days of the campaign.


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CIH launches new domestic abuse pledge for housing organisations 

A new pledge to tackle domestic abuse in housing has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing.


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CIH Cymru announces second ministerial roundtable  

Housing professionals are being invited to attend the latest in a series of ministerial roundtables with Rebecca Evans.


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Local authority professionals urged to take part in merger survey 

CIH Cymru is asking local authority housing professionals to take part in a new survey as part of its Tyfu Tai Cymru project.


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Hundreds gather for biggest housing event in Wales 

Hundreds of housing professionals are gathering in Cardiff this week for the biggest housing event in Wales.


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A home for everyone now a top priority for people in Wales 

Today CIH Cymru launches its Public Perceptions of Social Housing survey which asked the Welsh public for their opinions about social housing, homelessness and the public policy issues most important to them.


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Review must build a 'one housing system' approach  

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks has welcomed a review of housing policy in Wales and says it must consider housing alongside education, health, social care, public protection and economic development.


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New briefing launched to showcase role of housing in supporting older and disabled people 

A new briefing which aims to showcase what housing organisations can do to help older and disabled people to live more independently is being launched today (Friday 23 March).


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UK Housing Review 2018: CIH Cymru reflects on positive progress by Wales 

The Chartered Institute of Housing has today launched the UK Housing Review 2018. The review highlights the latest data and provides commentary on the impact of housing policy across the UK.


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CIH Cymru and Grŵp Cynefin welcome Minister to the first in a series of member roundtable discussions 

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, will attend a roundtable discussion at Grŵp Cynefin offices in Holyhead on 15 March.


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Housing teams urged to take part in charity rounders tournament for Women's Aid 

Housing teams are being urged to take part in a national rounders tournament to raise £10k for Women’s Aid.


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CIH Cymru welcomes new Rent-to-Own and Shared Ownership Wales initiatives  

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans has launched two new initiatives aimed at increasing the rate of homeownership in Wales for those who may not be in a position to afford and save for a deposit.


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CIH Cymru welcomes plan to spread Housing Revenue Account borrowing capacity  

Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans has revealed that talks are ongoing to explore how the borrowing capacity of local authorities building homes could be increased by utilising the surplus capacity within authorities which have no plans to build at present.


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CIH Cymru welcomes new measures to address rough sleeping 

Yesterday the Welsh Government announced two new measures aimed at addressing rough sleeping in Wales. Rebecca Evans, the Minister for Housing & Regeneration announced the publication of a policy document focusing on how Housing First could be adopted across Wales and a new rough sleeping action plan.


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'Urgent action needed to address rough sleeping problem.' 

Latest figures on rough sleeping in Wales highlight the need for urgent action, says CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks.


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Budget 2017: impact for Wales 

Reacting to the Chancellor's announcements CIH Cymru examined the impact of the budget on Welsh housing.


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New CIH guide makes case for exploring Housing First approach to tackling homelessness 

A new publication from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) explores the concept of Housing First and the principles behind it and looks at how it is being put into practice across the UK and Ireland as a one of a range of approaches to tackling homelessness.


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CIH Cymru welcomes Local Housing Allowance announcement 

Prime Minister Theresa May today announced that the Local Housing Allowance cap "will not supported housing - indeed we will not be implementing it in the wider social housing sector"


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Removal of the supporting people ring-fence puts services at risk 

CIH Cymru called on Welsh Government to re-think the merging of the supporting people fund with other funding streams.


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WHQS statistics show more homes meeting the standard 

Statistics released today show that compliance with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard has increased from 79% to 86%.


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CIH Cymru welcomes safeguarding of Supporting People fund in budget deal 

Labour and Plaid have arrived at a budget agreement for the next two years that ensures no cuts to the Supporting People grant. The agreement also provides an extra £10million to maintain spending at 2017/18 levels. CIH Cymru welcomed the announcement.


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CIH Cymru urges Welsh Government to protect the homelessness prevention budget 

Welsh Government today released statistics outlining the number of households accepted as homelessness, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.


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CIH Cymru say aspirations in new Welsh Government strategy must be backed up in practice 

First Minister Carwyn Jones today launched the Prosperity for All strategy, building on the commitments laid out in the programme for government to produce a long-term vision for Wales. The announcement included several noteworthy details for housing professionals:


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Welsh Housing Awards shortlists revealed 

CIH Cymru today announced their shortlists for the Welsh Housing Awards 2017. The awards are Welsh housing’s biggest good practice sharing scheme.


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Much more needs to be done to respond to ‘unacceptable’ levels of homelessness 

Responding to the Crisis report that estimates homelessness in Wales will grow by a third in the next five years CIH Cymru highlighted the ongoing impact of welfare reform, and called for a national conversation about the value and purpose of social housing.


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Rise in rough sleeping a cause for concern 

CIH Cymru called on the sector to continue building a collaborative response, and for Welsh Government to support efforts towards approaches like Housing First


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PAC report to be commended for approach on tenant role in regulation 

CIH Cymru comment on the release of the Welsh Assembly's Public Accounts Committee report into housing association regulation and governance.


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CIH Cymru welcomes latest figures on homelessness 

The statistics outline the number of households presenting as homeless to local authorities.


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Getting a handle on housing 

CIH Cymru has launched a campaign aimed at getting local council election candidates to focus on housing issues ahead of polling day on 4 May.


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Chartered Institute of Housing appoints new director in Wales 

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Matt Dicks will take up his new role in early 2017.


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CIH Cymru welcome extra £30m to support affordable housing target 

Today, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant announced an extra £30m to support the delivery of the 20,000 affordable homes target.


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CIH Cymru welcomes announcement of extra £400million for Wales following autumn statement 

Following the autumn statement CIH Cymru welcomed the additional £400m as a result of infrastructure investment and reiterated their pre-election call for housing to be seen as a fundamental part of national infrastructure.


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CIH Cymru responds to ONS decision on the reclassication of housing association in Wales 

CIH Cymru is responding to news that housing associations in Wales have been reclassified as public sector bodies by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)


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CIH Cymru comment on the Welsh Programme for Government 2016 – 2021  

The Welsh Government has today announced its Programme for Government (2016-2021) - Taking Wales Forward. CIH Cymru is pleased that the commitment to deliver 20,000 affordable homes for this Assembly term has been included. This target will be made up of 14,000 affordable homes for rent and 6,000 homes through the Help to Buy Scheme.


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CIH Cymru respond to Carmarthenshire’s ambitious housing delivery plans 

Kevin Howell, CIH Cymru director, responded to Carmarthenshire's plans for 1,000 affordable homes. The announcement comes ahead of the Homes for Wales rally on 4 March 2016 - Welsh housing's campaign to end the housing crisis in Wales.


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Wales boosted by £20m social housing investment 

Welsh Government have announced a further £20m social housing grant in Wales within this financial year. The announcement was made as part of a £43m capital investment boost, which included a 21st century schools project across Wales.


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CIH responds to Court of Appeal rulings on bedroom tax 

Responding to the Court of Appeal’s rulings today that the bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager, Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It’s been clear for a long time now that the bedroom tax is causing hardship and suffering for thousands of people across Great Britain.


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Housing is infrastructure says CIH Cymru 

Homes should be seen as national infrastructure according to the findings of CIH Cymru’s annual Welsh Housing Review, published today.


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Mutual friends: Welsh housing is up for greater role in public service transformation 

More than 60% of respondents at TAI 2015, Wales’ foremost housing conference, said that they thought housing organisations should enthusiastically embrace the opportunities presented by Welsh government’s public service transformation agenda.


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New local government plans published  

Two maps outlining proposals to cut the number of Welsh local authorities from 22 to eight or nine have today been published.


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CIH Cymru calls for more investment in social housing 

Following the release of statistics today that show an encouraging increase in new house building in Wales, CIH Cymru is calling on Welsh Government to continue its support for developing social and affordable housing.


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Minister to address housing profession as ground-breaking Welsh homelessness legislation begins 

This week Wales will become the first part of the UK to have a statutory duty to provide a homelessness prevention service to its citizens. On Thursday Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, will address TAI, Wales’ biggest housing conference.


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CIH responds to 2015 Budget announcement 

The introduction of help to buy ISAs was the major housing news in George Osborne’s final Budget announcement before the election. CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart’s gives his initial take on the initiative.


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CIH appoints new director for Wales 

A new director for Wales has been appointed by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Helen Northmore, who is currently head of strategic projects development at the Energy Saving Trust, will take up her new role at the end of January.


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Welsh organisations lead the way 

A new report by the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru has concluded that Welsh housing organisations are amongst the best performing in the UK. Across issues as diverse as developing new affordable housing, improving energy efficiency and working in some of the most socially disadvantaged communities, Wales leads the way.


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400,000 low income working families will be worse off with Universal Credit 

The findings of a CIH report estimate that 400,000 working families will have less income with Universal Credit in 2015 than they did in 2010, demonstrating that the government's aim for households to be better off in work than out of work under Universal Credit is not the case for all families.


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Getting the design of Universal Credit right now is critical to its success 

Responding to the DWP select committee report, 'Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants', CIH urges government to take note of the findings in the report, which concluded that many of the principles underpinning Universal Credit are positive, but getting the implementation of the system is critical in order not to disadvantage low income households.


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Deputy Prime Minister's commitment of £225m for new homes is welcomed 

Responding to the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech to the national house building council the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive, Grainia Long, said: “The Deputy Prime Minister is absolutely correct that we face a housing crisis and that we have failed to build the number of homes that we need for many years.


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Mid-term report highlights government’s lack of progress on housing  

Half way through the parliamentary term the coalition government is failing to fix Britain’s broken housing market, leading housing groups warn today.


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Revised tenancy fraud figures more accurate 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is pleased to see the Audit Commission’s revised tenancy fraud figures, which now reflect a more accurate picture of the problem in our sector.


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Proposal to cut Benefit for under-25s is unfair and will increase homelessness, says CIH Cymru 

Proposals to cut housing benefit for the under 25s are based on huge misconceptions about the actual living circumstances of younger people, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru.


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CIH fears cuts to housing benefit for under 25s will frustrate growth agenda 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is concerned that the government's proposed cuts to housing benefit for the under 25s will inhibit the government's growth agenda rather than support it.


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CIH join forces with leading housing organisations to put housing at the top of the political agenda 

A new coalition of influential housing organisations will today tell the Conservative Party that housing is vital to both economic growth and strong communities.


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CIH Cymru launches Welsh Housing Review 2012 

Keith Edwards, Director of CIH Cymru, launched the Welsh Housing Review 2012 at the Excellence Factor event in Cardiff, 26th September 2012.


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Neighbourhood Sustainability Pilot launched 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has launched its Neighbourhood Sustainability Pilot with 14 landlords to develop stronger communities.


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CIH welcomes new housing solution for health and care 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) welcomes the commitment to housing by the new Care Services Minister, Norman Lamb, who announced that an additional £100m will be invested in specialist housing over the next five years.


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Assembly Committee calls for better leadership and monitoring of WHQS 

The National Assembly for Wales yesterday published the Public Accounts Committee report following its inquiry into the Auditor General’s report, ‘Progress in delivering the Welsh Housing Quality Standard’, published in January 2012.


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Housing to gain from new cabinet's first announcement 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) described today's government announcement as a major step forward for housing which will boost supply and provide a substantial stimulus for the economy.


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CIH welcomes new Housing Minister Mark Prisk 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has bid farewell to outgoing Housing Minister Grant Shapps and welcomes the newly appointed Mark Prisk.


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Montague recommendations could help kick-start economic growth 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is encouraging local authorities and investors to look closely at the recommendations in the Montague report, which could help kick-start economic growth and meet burgeoning housing need by filling a significant gap in the housing market.


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CIH Cymru sleeps out in support of 'Own Two Feet' project 

Jon Barnes, Senior Events Administrator at CIH Cymru, shares his experiences of sleeping out to support Bron Afon Community Housing's 'Own Two Feet' Project


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CIH Cymru supports Bron Afon 'Sleep Out' 

Forty people will sleep outside overnight at Bron Afon’s headquarters in Llantarnam this Friday and CIH Cymru will be amongst them.


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CIH calls for changes to Universal Credit plans 

The coalition government’s plans for the new Universal Credit need significant revision to help create a fairer system, says the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).


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CIH joins housing bodies to highlight the importance of housing investment in the West Midlands 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is working with the National Housing Federation (NHF) and Home Builders Federation (HBF) to highlight the benefits that investing in housing would have in the West Midlands.


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Housing investment urgent in face of worst recession for 50 years, says CIH 

In response to ONS growth estimates published today which show that the economic situation is far worse than initially expected, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is urging governments across the UK not to ignore housing in their growth plans.


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CIH partners with National Open College Network to train residents to be good tenants 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has partnered with one of the largest awarding organisations in the UK, the National Open College Network (NOCN), to develop a new course designed to support people renting for the fist time.


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Quicker route to professional status 

A faster study route to Chartered Membership has been launched by the distance learning centre at CIH saving you six months.


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CIH pay tribute to long serving member who passed away 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is saddened by the news of the death of Phil Davies, chief executive of Derby Homes.


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Migrants should be a priority for housing providers according to new guide 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has published ‘Housing and Migration: A guide to issues and solutions’ on behalf of the Housing and Migration Network.


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Housing benefit debate must be based on facts not assumptions 

Today Prime Minister David Cameron called for a national debate about welfare benefits.


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Housing to feature strongly in next spending review, says Housing Minister 

Housing minister Grant Shapps has promised to continue 'batting for housing' in government while defending welfare cuts as the best way to provide more homes.


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CIH and CIOB sign memorandum of understanding at Housing 2012 

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) today signed a memorandum of understanding at Housing 2012 to recognise a suite of housing repair and asset management qualifications.


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Highlight wider role of housing, says council leader 

Housing must show it can meet wider government objectives before it can hope to move higher up the political agenda, leader of Manchester Council Sir Richard Leese told the CIH Housing 2012 annual conference and exhibition today (14 June).


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Housing is a government priority, but sector urged to come up with fresh ideas 

Housing has become a government priority but the sector must come forward with fresh ideas on how to build more homes, top civil servant Sir Bob Kerslake told the CIH Housing 2012 annual conference and exhibition yesterday.


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If government is serious about growth then it needs to get serious about housing 

Housing is essential to building our economy and should be front and centre of a rebalanced growth strategy for government, chief executive Grainia Long told the CIH Housing 2012 annual conference and exhibition.


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Lord Best presents Helena Partnerships with first CIH Community Health Award 

Merseyside-based housing association Helena Partnerships’ has been presented with the first ever Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) best practice award for community health and wellbeing by Lord Richard Best.


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We need sector-led solutions to tackle homes shortfall, says CIH 

Today the government issued a consultation which invites views on whether social landlords should be able to require tenants in social rented housing on high incomes to pay higher rents.


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Revival in first-time buyer activity key to fixing our housing crisis 

Housing needs to be at the front and centre of economic growth, says CIH


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Housing associations warned over risk and costs 

Housing associations must make a fresh offer to government that shows they are managing risk and offering value for money, said Julian Ashby, chair of the Homes and Communities Agency’s regulation committee at the CIH Housing 2012 conference and exhibition today (13 June).


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CIH President challenges housing industry to take charge of its own future 

Robin Lawler, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) opened Housing 2012 today by challenging the housing industry to take charge of its own future. He said that this must be the decade where the sector takes the lead in developing solutions to the housing crisis and called on the housing industry to strive for individual and organisational excellence in all that it does.


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Innovation vital to challenges in housing 

Housing managers should not shy away from innovation because of the uncertainty facing the sector, said former Number 10 political adviser Matthew Taylor.


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